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Postal Service to finalize $3B in cuts, closings of 250 processing centers Monday



Published: Sun, December 4, 2011 @ 12:21 p.m.

Postal Service to finalize $3B in cuts, closings of 250 processing centers Monday

Associated Press

WASHINGTON

Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.

The estimated $3 billion in reductions, to be announced in broader detail on Monday, are part of a wide-ranging effort by the cash-strapped Postal Service to quickly trim costs, seeing no immediate help from Congress.

The changes would provide short-term relief, but ultimately could prove counterproductive, pushing more of America’s business onto the Internet. They could slow everything from check payments to Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail, add costs to mail-order prescription drugs, and threaten the existence of newspapers and time-sensitive magazines delivered by postal carrier to far-flung suburban and rural communities.

That birthday card mailed first-class to Mom also could arrive a day or two late, if people don’t plan ahead.

“It’s a potentially major change, but I don’t think consumers are focused on it and it won’t register until the service goes away,” said Jim Corridore, analyst with S&P Capital IQ, who tracks the shipping industry. “Over time, to the extent the customer service experience gets worse, it will only increase the shift away from mail to alternatives. There’s almost nothing you can’t do online that you can do by mail.”

The cuts, now being finalized, would close roughly 250 of the nearly 500 mail processing centers across the country as early as next March.

The processing center in downtown Youngstown is on the list of proposed closings and consolidations.

Because the consolidations typically would lengthen the distance mail travels from post office to processing center, the agency also would lower delivery standards for first-class mail that have been in place since 1971.


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1southsidedave(4709 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

A terrible shame

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2CrestwoodRocks(107 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Unknown if any of the Portage County Postal Services are closing or not.

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3VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I would agree with eliminating Saturday delivery...but the junk mail and Netflix people were having a fit over that, so this is what they get.

My one thought is, why is our government charged with delivering junk to us we don't want? Especially this season. I do not recall ever getting as much junk mail and catalogs as I have this season. Most of this junk goes directly into the garbage and then I have to pay someone to haul it away.

Why does business use our mail service for sending us material? Because it's CHEAP. I think I received 4 Cabela's catalogs just this season, with at least 8 catalogs for the entire year. This doesn't even include the sales flyers they send. And that is just one merchant among dozens of others we do not buy from anymore. I even had the owner of a home we lived in a few years ago deliver junk mail to me (in a large zippered freezer bag) that was sent to our old address! The Postal Service doesn't even bother to check the name anymore. They just deliver to the address. In other words, the taxpayer pays for all this junk mail to be delivered to us, they pay for the higher prices due to the cost of the mailings, then the taxpayer pays for it to be hauled away!

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4georgejeanie(731 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Go get um UPS and Fedex. This USPO is just another government bailout program. Let the private enterprise companies take over and if they screw up theire will be someone else to take their place as long as there is a way to make a profit. No more subsidies, no more exiborant pensions and healthcare plan. Either you make a profit or you ride off into the sunset.

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5jeratboy(116 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I would have rather had 5 day mail service. Saturdays are not necessary.

It is not that big a deal to mail earlier. Just plan in advance. I mostly use electronic payments anyway. No stamps or checks to buy.

Times change. If the people out in the sticks don't like it, they can move. Others have moved when it wasn't as good to live where they did before.

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